Sadlier Oxford Level F Units 4-6

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Amnesty

n. a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution

Autonomy

n. self government, political control

Axiomatic

adj. self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule

Blazon

v. to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaimed widely

Caveat

n. a warning or caution to prebent misunderstanding or discourage behavior

Equitable

adj. fair, just, embodying principles of justice

Extricate

v. to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort

Filch

v. to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts

Flout

v. to mock, treat with contempt

Fractious

adj. tending to be trouplesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable

Precept

n. a rule of conduct or action

Salutary

adj. beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome

Scathing

adj. bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm

Scourge

v. to whip, punish severely n. a cause of affliction or suffering; a source of severe punishment or criticism

Sepulchral

adj. funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal

Soporific

adj. tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy n. something that induces sleep

Straitlaced

adj. extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical

Transient

adj. lasting only a short time, fleeting n. one who stays only a short time

Unwieldy

adj. not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity

Vapid

adj. dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness or force

aggrandize

to increase in greatness, power or wealth; to build up intensity.

inscrutable

incapable of being understood

archetype

an original model after similar things are patterned; a perfect or typical example

erudite

scholarly; learned

infer

to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought

affable

coureous and pleasant; sociable, easy to speak to

amporphous

shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character.

gossamer

thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; a very thin, light cloth

aura

that which surrounds; a distinctive air or personal quality

insular

relating to,characteristic of, or situated onanisland; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience

sleazy

thin or flimsy in texture, cheap, shoddy, or inferior in quality or character

irrevocable

incapable of beinga changedor called back

contraband

illegal traffic; smuggled goods; prohibited

sedulous

peristent, showing industry and determination

remonstrate

to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against,object to.

retrench

tocut down, reduce in scope or cost

resilient

able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly

querulous

peevish, complaining, fretful

propensity

a natural inclination or bent toward

scurrilous

coarsely abusive, vulgar or low, foul mouthed

anomalous

abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual

aspersion

a damaging or derogatrory statement

bizarre

extremely strange

brusque

abrupt, blunt, with no formalities

cajole

to coax

castigate

to punish severely

contrive

to plan with ingenuity

demagogue

a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

disabuse

to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking

ennui

weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom

fetter

a chain or shackle placed on the feet

heinous

very wicked

immutable

not subject to change, constant

insurgent

one who rebels or rises aginst authority

megalomania

a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc

sinecure

a position requiring little or no work

surreptitious

stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation

transgress

to go beyond a limit or boundary

transmute

to change from one nature, substance, or form to another

vicarious

performed, sufered, or otherwise experieced by one person in place of another

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